NVTC Commissioners to Hear Proposals to Move More People through I-395/95 Corridor

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NVTC, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

Members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission will be briefed on proposed projects designed to move more people through I-395/95 each morning, consider authorizing agreements related to expanding passenger rail in Virginia and hear about a study to improve public transportation options between Springfield and Quantico, at their monthly meeting this Thursday.

Commuter Choice on the I-395/95 corridor scoring and staff recommendations

The Commission will be briefed on the projects being considered for funding under the Commuter Choice on the I-395/95 Corridor Round Two (FY 2022-FY 2023) program. Thirteen applications with a total funding request of $21.9 million met eligibility criteria and are under consideration for funding. Staff anticipate approximately $30 million available for the two-year program.

The proposed projects align with the I-395/95 corridor improvement goals of moving more people and creating viable, effective transportation options. The proposed projects include the following:

  • Enhancements to local bus routes in the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County to provide 15-minute or better daytime service at least on weekdays, markedly improving connections with Metrorail, job sites and services for both peak and off-peak commuters.
  • Efforts to rebuild ridership post-pandemic and prepare for expected future travel patterns – including incentives to encourage new and returning vanpools, expansions of park-and-ride lot capacity in the corridor and establishment of a new Virginia Railway Express feeder bus service in the Fredericksburg area.
  • Continuations of new and enhanced bus services funded under the Round One (FY 2020-FY 2021) program, to provide predictability and continuity for corridor commuters as they return to worksites.

Taken together, the 13 proposals are expected to move about 1,000 more people inbound through the I-395/95 corridor each morning.

VRE, CSX and Transforming Rail in Virginia

As one of the co-owners of Virginia Railway Express, the Commission will be asked to authorize the execution of the Amended and Restated Operating/Access and the Master Lease Agreements with CSX Transportation as part of the Commonwealth’s Transforming Rail in Virginia initiative.

Both agreements reflect changes to the contractual relationship between the Northern Virginia Transportation Commissions, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission and CSXT resulting from the right-of-way acquisition by the Commonwealth. CSXT will continue to dispatch and maintain both CSXT and Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) owned tracks resulting in a seamless VRE operation.

Springfield To Quantico Enhanced Public Transportation Feasibility Study

DRPT Chief of Public Transportation Jennifer DeBruhl will give a presentation on the Springfield to Quantico Enhanced Public Transportation Feasibility Study. DRPT is conducting a feasibility study of enhanced public transportation services between the Franconia-Springfield Metro station in Fairfax County and the Quantico Marine Base in Prince William County. The study will assess transit enhancements which could include options such as additional express bus services, increased VRE commuter rail service levels, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or an extension of Metrorail. In addition, the study will also assess the planned land use and identify potential station areas and development opportunities.

Meeting time and location

The Commission meeting will be held Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed on the NVTC YouTube page. There will NOT be an in-person meeting. Full meeting materials are posted online. Members of the public wishing to provide public comment to the Commission can do so here, until 3:00 p.m. Thursday.
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